Rick Springfield cancels concert in Dominican Republic, cites concerns over fans’ well-being

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 02: Singer Rick Springfield performs onstage during the One Love Malibu Festival at King Gillette Ranch on December 02, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for ABA)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC — Rock musician Rick Springfield canceled his show in the Dominican Republic, citing concerns over the well-being of his fans.

The announcement comes after rising safety concerns in the Dominican Republic, as at least 10 American citizens have died while in the country in the last year. More are saying they became sick while they were visiting, and this week Sen. Chuck Schumer called for a federal investigation.

And though statistics show that Americans are more likely to be killed in the US than in the Dominican, many people are still alarmed.

“While this decision has not been easy, the safety and well-being of our amazing fans, band and crew will always be the most important consideration in any situation. Sending our love and best wishes to all of our friends in the Dominican Republic,” Springfield said in a statement on his website.

The concert, supposed to be a “fan-getaway” for five days in November, has been rescheduled for 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

The new dates have not yet been released, but fans can receive a full refund if they choose.

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